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What’s happening in Black Cincinnati in 2022


Cincinnati African American Events this year.  

Hip-hop, R&B, soul, jazz, reggae, gospel, old school and symphony live-music concerts happening in Cincinnati in 2022.

Black composers, plays, museum exhibits, comedy shows, concert series, operas, dance recitals, local music, and festivals in Cincinnati.  

Black Cincinnatians can routinely and affordably enjoy the performing arts, fine arts, entertainers, comedians, religious services, professional development training and program initiatives that help us improve our physical and mental health. We are also extremely fortunate that nationally known touring African American artists, singers, and performers routinely display their talents right here in the Queen City music scene.

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The Black event lineup listed was submitted to our free, user-generated community calendar. Feel free to submit an event to be considered in this article. All Black events listed are as current as of the publication date. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information prior to acting.


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2022 Cincinnati African American Events:


NoCap – Rap Concert
May 11th, 6:30 p.m.
NoCap, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. Since 2017, he has released one EP and five mixtapes.


Tech N9ne – Rap Concert
May 13th, 6:30 p.m.
Tech N9ne, is an American rapper and singer who has sold over two million albums and has had his music featured in film, television, and video games.


Brian Simpson – Comedy Show
May 13th – 14th
Liberty Funny Bone
His background as a foster child and Marine Corps veteran has led to a rare combination of life experiences that he manages to channel into a refreshingly unique point of view.


Working TogetherWorking Together – Art Exhibit
Now – May 15th
Cincinnati Art Museum
The first major museum exhibition about the groundbreaking African American photographers’ collective, the Kamoinge Workshop.


David DriskellDavid Driskell: Icons of Nature and History – Art Exhibit
Now – May 15th
Cincinnati Art Museum
Vibrant paintings, prints and collages combine keen observations of America with the imagery and aesthetic innovations of the African diaspora.


Dance Theatre of HarlemDance Theatre of Harlem – Dance Performance
May 17th – 18th
The Aronoff Center for the Arts
Bringing innovative and bold new forms of artistic expression to audiences in New York City, across the country, and around the world.


GZAGZA – R&B Concert
May 19th, 8:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage
GZA/The Genius is a founding member of the seminal hip hop group the Wu-Tang Clan.


School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Playschool girls, Cincinnati African American Events
Now – May 22nd
Playhouse in the Park
Beauty, ambition and biting comedy combine in this off-Broadway hit!


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spunkSpunk! – Play
May 20th – June 4th
Falcon Theatre
A raucous, charming, blues-infused look at love, revenge, jealousy, and the fine art of the hustle.


Valerie June with Rachel Maxann – Blues Concert
May 25th, 8:00 p.m.
Memorial Hall
Valerie June Hockett, known as Valerie June, is an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Memphis. Her sound encompasses a mixture of folk, blues, gospel, soul, country, Appalachian and bluegrass.


bombinoBombino – Reggae Concert
May 25th, 8:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage
Bombino marches ever forward on his mission to use music to spread love, understanding, and the beauty of Tuareg culture throughout the world.


Kindred The Family SoulKindred The Family Soul – R&B Concert
May 27th, 8:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage
A unique mix of soulful R&B and hip hop minded grooves, conscious lyrics and refreshingly honest songwriting.


SommoreSommore – Comedy Show
May 27th – 29th
Liberty Funny Bone
This trendsetting, highly-acclaimed veteran entertainer is widely considered one of America”s top comedic female entertainers.


To Kill a MockingbirdCincinnati African American Events – Broadway Play
May 31st – June 12th
The Aronoff Center for the Arts
When Tom Robinson, one of the town’s Black residents, is falsely accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a white woman, Atticus agrees to defend him despite threats from the community.


Soul: Shaken and StirredSoul: Shaken and Stirred, Cincinnati African American Events – Dance Performance
June 3rd – 4th
The Aronoff Center for the Arts
From Gospel to hip hop, R&B to jazz – this concert honors the extraordinary soundtrack black music has been throughout our lives.




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Nils and Johnny Britt – Jazz Concert
June 4th, 8:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage
Nils and Johnny Britt deliver an unforgettable jazz show, which is sure to please audiences worldwide and leave an everlasting impression.


chris rock, Cincinnati African American EventsChris Rock – Comedy Show
June 9th, 8 p.m.
Taft Theatre
Grammy and Emmy Award-winning comedian, actor, director, writer and producer, Chris Rock has announced his first tour in five years.


Wild ‘N Out Live TourWild ‘N Out Live Tour, Cincinnati African American Events – Comedy Show
June 10th, 8 p.m.
Riverbend Music Center
Bringing Cannon’s famed MTV series to the road with mix-up comedy, variety and game show elements all in one.


Hiroshima – Jazz Concert
June 17th, 8:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage
Hiroshima is a Grammy-nominated smooth jazz group based in California.


 Cincinnati African American EventsModern Mix – Dance Performance
June 17th – 18th
The Aronoff Center for the Arts
Modern Mix features a proud collection of work by three Black artists.


Tash Sultana, Cincinnati African American EventsTash Sultana – Multi-Genre Concert
June 18th
PromoWest Pavilion at OVATION
Gender fluid multi-instrumentalist performing soul, funk, R&B, folk, rock, and hip-hop.


tk kirklandTK Kirkland – Comedy Show
June 19th, 7 p.m.
Liberty Funny Bone
TK Kirkland has been the comedy circuit’s best-kept secret for a decade now.


oz noyOz Noy – Jazz Concert
June 23rd, 7:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage
Born in Israel, Oz Noy started his professional career at the age of 13 playing jazz, blues, pop and rock music.


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Richard Elliot – Jazz Concert
June 24th, 8 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage
Chart-topping saxophonist and pioneering Contemporary Jazz musician, Richard Elliot, has an instantly recognizable trademark tenor.


EarthquakeEarthquake – Comedy Show
June 24th – 25th
Liberty Funny Bone
Washington DC’s own comedian, actor and voice artist, Earthquake earned a strong fan base in stand-up comedy via programming platforms fueled by BET, HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime and more.


Carlos Santana & Earth, Wind & FireEarth Wind & Fire Cincinnati, Cincinnati African American Events – R&B Concert
July 9th, 7 p.m.
Riverbend Music Center
Grammy Award-winning, legendary artists.


michael winslowMichael Winslow – Comedy Show
July 9th, 7 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage
Barking dogs, wet sneakers, jets roaring, spine-tingling scratches from a chalkboard, radio noises, guitars screaming, cell phones, and so much more!


The Band’s Visit– Broadway PlayThe Band's Visit, Cincinnati African American Events
July 19th – 24th
The Aronoff Center for the Arts
THE BAND’S VISIT rejoices in the way music makes us laugh, makes us cry, and ultimately, brings us together.


bonnie raitt, Cincinnati African American EventsBonnie Raitt with Mavis Staples – Concert
July 19th, 7:30 p.m.
The Andrew J Brady Music Center
Mavis Staples is a Blues and a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, a civil rights icon, a GRAMMY Award-winner, and a chart-topping soul/gospel/R&B pioneer.


Cincinnati Music FestivalCincinnati Music Festival, Cincinnati African American Events – Music Festival
July 21st – July 23rd
Paul Brown Stadium
Main stage headliners include Charlie Wilson, Snoop Dogg, Janet Jackson and The O’Jays. Special guest performances by Fantasia, Tony Toni Tone, Jonathan Butler and Tank.



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Cincy Soul Fest: The Black Taste – Festival
July 22nd – 24th
Sawyer Point Park & Yeatman’s Cove
A collaborative effort of black owned restaurants, caterers, and food trucks


robert glasperRobert Glasper – Jazz Concert
July 23rd, 8:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage
To date, jazz musician, Robert Glasper boasts 4 Grammy wins and 9 nominations across 8 categories, and an Emmy Award


castor and patience, Cincinnati African American EventsCastor and Patience – Opera Performance
July 22nd – 30th
SPCA Corbett Theater
A long overdue family reunion finds two African American cousins at odds over the fate of a historic parcel of land they have inherited in the American South.


buddy guyBuddy Guy and John Hiatt – Blues Concert
July 30th, 8 p.m.
Taft Theatre
Multi-Grammy Award-winning blues icon Buddy Guy and ten-time Grammy-nominated Americana/folk/blues collective John Hiatt & the Goners.


Cool Moe Dee – Hip-Hop Concert
July 30th, 8:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage
Moel Dewes, better known as Kool Mo Dee, is an American Hip Hop pioneer who was prominent in the 1980s and early ’90s.


Chris Brown and Lil BabyChris Brown and Lil Baby – R&B/Rap Concert
August 2nd, 7 p.m.
Riverbend Music Center
Chris Brown and Lil Baby bring their One of Them Ones Tour to the Queen City


Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration – Art Exhibit
Through August 7th
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Exploring the impact of the US prison system through contemporary visual art.


Tower of Power with Lettuce – Funk Concerttower of power with lettuce, Cincinnati African American Events
August 11th and 12th, 2022, 7 p.m.
Taft Theatre and Rose Music Center at The Heights
Legendary Soul-Funk-R&B group Tower of Power and genre-busting six-member Funk band Lettuce will take the stage together in Cincinnati one night and Dayton the next.


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The SpinnersThe Spinners – R&B Concert
August 13th, 8:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage
Timeless in a way that few other acts today are, The Spinners are one of the most iconic and enduring groups in R&B history.


Ziggy MarleyZiggy Marley– Reggae Concert
August 13th
Rose Music Center at The Heights (Dayton)
See eight-time Grammy Award-winning reggae artist Ziggy Marley.


Alicia KeysCincinnati African American Events – R&B Concert
August 18th, 8:00 p.m.
Riverbend Music Center
Global music icon, songwriting pianist, Billboard Music Awards winner and 15-time GRAMMY Award winner


Wiz Khalifa and LogicWiz Khalifa and Logic – Rap Concert
August 27th, 6:30 p.m.
Riverbend Music Center
Wiz Khalifa and Logic have announced their co-headline Vinyl Verse Tour 2022 featuring special guests DJ DRAMA, C Dot Castro, and Fedd the God.


Salif KeitaSalif Keita – Reggae Concert
August 31st, 8:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage
His arrangements feature roiling rhythms, slightly nasal female backup choirs, and traditional percussion typical of Malian music.


IncognitoIncognito – Jazz Concert
September 8th, 8:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage
The enduring success of Incognito is one of the great stories of UK music during the last four decades.


hamilton, Cincinnati African American EventsHamilton – Broadway Play
September 6th – October 2nd
The Aronoff Center for the Arts
HAMILTON has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre.


billy cobhamBilly Cobham – Jazz Concert
October 2nd, 7:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage
Billy Cobham was born on May 16, 1944, in Panama, where he grew fond of percussion from watching his cousin play.


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Written by Crystal Kendrick

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  1. Things are changing in Cincinnati. Though I have a high regard for the Cincinnati Herald, “NOW” we also have as a Black media outlet ” The Voice of Black Cincinnati”!

  2. How nice it is to have information on such a wide diversity of events for the African-American please keep publishing this.

  3. Highlighting the positive flow of black energy through our communities unleashes the music found in the soul!!
    I salute the Voice!!!

  4. I deeply appreciate this media for many reasons, the most important being that it makes a serious attempt to have communication that is relevant to me. The community of Cincinnati is not eclectic in its inclusion of the African American voice; even though we make up approximately 42 precent of the population we have very little choice as ir relates choices of media that connects to our concerns. I thank this publications creators for the refreshing change. Thank you.

  5. It’s wonderful to have events that spotlight the wonderful gifts, talents, and abilities of my ethnic group. Please continue your amazing work.

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